x_los: (Russian Church)
**EDIT** Have you read this: http://norsekink.livejournal.com/3231.html?thread=6408607#t6408607 , a HILARIOUS Avengers fic wherein Steve *hates* text messaging? It's well lulzy.

Having accidentally stumbled across a very very pretty Thor fanvid for Set Fire To The Rain, I clicked over to [livejournal.com profile] norsekink, and er, in the past day I may or may have read like half of it? Wtf, I didn't even like that movie much.

Though I did lol at:

"Fact: Loki is God of Mischief

Fact: Sleipnir, a HORSE, is Loki's son.

Ergo, new fact: Sleipnir is, in fact, BAD HORSE!"--sure, why not? It makes as much sense as anything else re: magic horse babies.

This is just proof of the DESPERATE SHIT I will do to avoid PhD aps. Even opening the document labeled 'PhD meeting' with the names of people I need to *look up* to apply to as advisors fills me with nauseous fear. I REALLY need to woman up today--clean the kitchen and bedroom *briskly* and then get on with researching. I've wasted so much time this week just wall-staring. Not even like, procrastinating by watching something I want to watch, or getting personal writing done, but fuck all. I mean I've managed to get that review into the magazine I write reviews for, get registered to a conference, do Shalka shit and domestic chores, but it's under par. I don't know why applications are my kryptonite. I can't DO anything until I finish them, though, I know they're top priority. I have these letters to get out, Shalka edits to process, a script to write, and this week's job aps to do. Get a *grip*, woman.

Katy's cut her hair today: woe. It's her own choice, obviously, her body and all that, but I really really like her long hair, and am prepared to be sad/slip hair-growth hormones into her food surreptitiously. I'm sure it looks fine, too, just--long hair is so flowy/classic/romantic. I prefer it on self and others. When my aunt chopped off all my male baby cousin's
bright copper curls so he'd look more mannish I felt it was a crime against aesthetics.

Eating the red curry we made earlier, having some coffee. Then cleaning and Getting Ap Shit Done.
x_los: (Xena Could Be More Sconic)
Meme seen at [livejournal.com profile] aralias and [livejournal.com profile] bagheera_san :

Pick a character and I will give and explain the top five ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them. Any and all characters welcome. (even ones i haven't written but might know about...)
x_los: (Obligatory Two Icon)
I am:
Ursula K. LeGuin
Perhaps the most admired writing talent in the science fiction field.


Which science fiction writer are you?



I am:
Gregory Benford
A master literary stylist who is also a working scientist.


Which science fiction writer are you?

x_los: (Obligatory Two Icon)
I am:
Ursula K. LeGuin
Perhaps the most admired writing talent in the science fiction field.


Which science fiction writer are you?



I am:
Gregory Benford
A master literary stylist who is also a working scientist.


Which science fiction writer are you?

x_los: (Make a Note.)
meme:
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

On the first day of memeing,[livejournal.com profile] aralias gave to me: russian lit, delgado!master, the jews, inappropriate whale porn/will write anything except doctor/donna, rap

These may run a touch long, turns out, so have the first. Heather also gave me one, so that'll come up inna bit.

Russian Lit:

Kind of unfair, as have I read classics like Gogol's The Overcoat, or even had more than a cursory stab at Pushkin? Not really, no. I’m underqualified to love, here. I think the first time I thought I might love Russian Lit was when I was fourteen, like Natalia Rostov herself when she first comes out whirling at us, vivacious, awkward and splendid in War and Peace (or War and the World, depending on how you translate the slippery Russian word 'mir,'). I was at Ragtag, the independent Cinema Cafe in Columbia, Missouri, watching an omnibus presentation of the short films up for the Oscars. One of the elect was "Speed for Thespians" (or however one refers to a short film under the auspices of MLA).

IMDB describes the project as follows: "Three actors and a director perform Chekhov's The Bear on a New York City bus (actually, a succession of buses, as they keep getting thrown off). The other riders on the final bus get progressively more interested." The film was fine (not nearly as good as "The Accountant," a ruthless Southern Gothic ode, which did win), and I do love a palimpcest, but what caught my attention really was "The Bear" itself (variously rendered as "The Boar").

It's not an incredibly popular play. It's an excellent, sharp, perfect play. Give it an extra measure of oats today.

Just look at this bit:

MRS. POPOV: [Trying to cry him down.] Boor, boor, boor!

SMIRNOV: It is high time to do away with the old superstition that it is only the man who is forced to give satisfaction. If there is equity at all let there be equity in all things. There's a limit!

MRS. POPOV: You wish to fight a duel? Very well.

SMIRNOV: Immediately.

MRS. POPOV: Immediately. My husband had pistols. I'll bring them. [She hurries away, then turns.] Oh, what a pleasure it will be to put a bullet in your impudent head. The devil take you!

    [She goes out.]

SMIRNOV: I'll shoot her down! I'm no fledgling, no sentimental young puppy. For me there is no weaker sex!

LUKA: Oh, sir. [Falls to his knees.] Have mercy on me, an old man, and go away. You have frightened me to death already, and now you want to fight a duel.

SMIRNOV: [Paying no attention.] A duel. That's equity, emancipation. That way the sexes are made equal. I'll shoot her down as a matter of principle. What can a person say to such a woman? [Imitating her.] "The devil take you. I'll put a bullet in your impudent head." What can one say to that? She was angry, her eyes blazed, she accepted the challenge. On my honor, it's the first time in my life that I ever saw such a woman.

LUKA: Oh, sir. Go away. Go away!

SMIRNOV: That is a woman. I can understand her. A real woman. No shilly-shallying, but fire, powder, and noise! It would be a pity to shoot a woman like that.

LUKA: [Weeping.] Oh, sir, go away.

    [Enter MRS. POPOV.]

MRS. POPOV: Here are the pistols. But before we have our duel, please show me how to shoot. I have never had a pistol in my hand before!
 
It's a perfect romance in one act, balanced like a blade. It's so very short, why not read it? This is the most decent translation I can find at the moment, by the by, beware the weaker ones floating about. Chekov's other plays are similarly worth perusal.

Then in high school I was introduced to Crime and Punishment. You've been in love, haven't you? You tend to, with a feeling of indulgent softness reminiscent of a rotting apple, adopt the beloved's bad habits. I picked up Dostoevsky's faults as a writer: the verbosity, the tangents, the ripe, rank sentimentality. I can only hope for his strengths. The sharp, instant, breakingly true way he creates characters, how adroitly he uses environment--St. Petersburg is a /character/ in the novel, the sonambulent beauty of his narrative: he deals in dreams. Katerina Ivanova's funeral lunch lingers in me like a tedious wretched aching quiet old nightmare.

What Nabakov refuses to understand in his critical dismissal of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is that the writer's reactionary moralist strain cannot overcome Dostoevsky’s imagination, his creative power or the work he produces. Nabakov thinks the religiousity of the ending contrived? So do I. It's beside the point: while being stood in front of a firing squad may have corrupted intellectual!leftist!Dostoevsky irreprably, but Crime and Punishment is too big, too complex to be about Sonya's love for god or Rodya’s path to absolution. It defies a reductionist 'aboutness.' It is as rich-textured and labrynthine as the city itself. Sonya is real, and so's Svidrigailov.

Dostoevsky makes you a building, from the stains in the carpet to the span of the structural support. He writes architecture, dense with shadow and substance. Tolstoy, however, draws you a vast panoramic landscape. Though I'm told most people are violently either/or, I love both, very differently. War and Peace and Anna Karennina are perfect novels, and Tolstoy indulges my weakness for sweeping family sagas. Tolstoy's store of incredible moments is also very rich, and while you may have to suffer through a long slog of Masonic nonsense you don't really care about, he creates characters you fall a bit in love with. On multiple occasions, Tolstoy has made me cry. I may even like him best, if I had to pick.

x_los: (Make a Note.)
meme:
Comment to this post and I will give you 5 subjects/things I associate you with. Then post this in your LJ and elaborate on the subjects given.

On the first day of memeing,[livejournal.com profile] aralias gave to me: russian lit, delgado!master, the jews, inappropriate whale porn/will write anything except doctor/donna, rap

These may run a touch long, turns out, so have the first. Heather also gave me one, so that'll come up inna bit.

Russian Lit:

Kind of unfair, as have I read classics like Gogol's The Overcoat, or even had more than a cursory stab at Pushkin? Not really, no. I’m underqualified to love, here. I think the first time I thought I might love Russian Lit was when I was fourteen, like Natalia Rostov herself when she first comes out whirling at us, vivacious, awkward and splendid in War and Peace (or War and the World, depending on how you translate the slippery Russian word 'mir,'). I was at Ragtag, the independent Cinema Cafe in Columbia, Missouri, watching an omnibus presentation of the short films up for the Oscars. One of the elect was "Speed for Thespians" (or however one refers to a short film under the auspices of MLA).

IMDB describes the project as follows: "Three actors and a director perform Chekhov's The Bear on a New York City bus (actually, a succession of buses, as they keep getting thrown off). The other riders on the final bus get progressively more interested." The film was fine (not nearly as good as "The Accountant," a ruthless Southern Gothic ode, which did win), and I do love a palimpcest, but what caught my attention really was "The Bear" itself (variously rendered as "The Boar").

It's not an incredibly popular play. It's an excellent, sharp, perfect play. Give it an extra measure of oats today.

Just look at this bit:

MRS. POPOV: [Trying to cry him down.] Boor, boor, boor!

SMIRNOV: It is high time to do away with the old superstition that it is only the man who is forced to give satisfaction. If there is equity at all let there be equity in all things. There's a limit!

MRS. POPOV: You wish to fight a duel? Very well.

SMIRNOV: Immediately.

MRS. POPOV: Immediately. My husband had pistols. I'll bring them. [She hurries away, then turns.] Oh, what a pleasure it will be to put a bullet in your impudent head. The devil take you!

    [She goes out.]

SMIRNOV: I'll shoot her down! I'm no fledgling, no sentimental young puppy. For me there is no weaker sex!

LUKA: Oh, sir. [Falls to his knees.] Have mercy on me, an old man, and go away. You have frightened me to death already, and now you want to fight a duel.

SMIRNOV: [Paying no attention.] A duel. That's equity, emancipation. That way the sexes are made equal. I'll shoot her down as a matter of principle. What can a person say to such a woman? [Imitating her.] "The devil take you. I'll put a bullet in your impudent head." What can one say to that? She was angry, her eyes blazed, she accepted the challenge. On my honor, it's the first time in my life that I ever saw such a woman.

LUKA: Oh, sir. Go away. Go away!

SMIRNOV: That is a woman. I can understand her. A real woman. No shilly-shallying, but fire, powder, and noise! It would be a pity to shoot a woman like that.

LUKA: [Weeping.] Oh, sir, go away.

    [Enter MRS. POPOV.]

MRS. POPOV: Here are the pistols. But before we have our duel, please show me how to shoot. I have never had a pistol in my hand before!
 
It's a perfect romance in one act, balanced like a blade. It's so very short, why not read it? This is the most decent translation I can find at the moment, by the by, beware the weaker ones floating about. Chekov's other plays are similarly worth perusal.

Then in high school I was introduced to Crime and Punishment. You've been in love, haven't you? You tend to, with a feeling of indulgent softness reminiscent of a rotting apple, adopt the beloved's bad habits. I picked up Dostoevsky's faults as a writer: the verbosity, the tangents, the ripe, rank sentimentality. I can only hope for his strengths. The sharp, instant, breakingly true way he creates characters, how adroitly he uses environment--St. Petersburg is a /character/ in the novel, the sonambulent beauty of his narrative: he deals in dreams. Katerina Ivanova's funeral lunch lingers in me like a tedious wretched aching quiet old nightmare.

What Nabakov refuses to understand in his critical dismissal of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment is that the writer's reactionary moralist strain cannot overcome Dostoevsky’s imagination, his creative power or the work he produces. Nabakov thinks the religiousity of the ending contrived? So do I. It's beside the point: while being stood in front of a firing squad may have corrupted intellectual!leftist!Dostoevsky irreprably, but Crime and Punishment is too big, too complex to be about Sonya's love for god or Rodya’s path to absolution. It defies a reductionist 'aboutness.' It is as rich-textured and labrynthine as the city itself. Sonya is real, and so's Svidrigailov.

Dostoevsky makes you a building, from the stains in the carpet to the span of the structural support. He writes architecture, dense with shadow and substance. Tolstoy, however, draws you a vast panoramic landscape. Though I'm told most people are violently either/or, I love both, very differently. War and Peace and Anna Karennina are perfect novels, and Tolstoy indulges my weakness for sweeping family sagas. Tolstoy's store of incredible moments is also very rich, and while you may have to suffer through a long slog of Masonic nonsense you don't really care about, he creates characters you fall a bit in love with. On multiple occasions, Tolstoy has made me cry. I may even like him best, if I had to pick.

x_los: (What the fuck movie is this even from?)
1. There are 30 questions.
2. Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
3. Answer one question with one name. *EDIT* Well screw that...
4. Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing the meme

*this is weirder b/c I know a lot of you IRL, and flat-out know a lot of these things about you*

1. [livejournal.com profile] battlepunk , [livejournal.com profile] kerpami , [livejournal.com profile] mister_duster , that whole crowd, really; [livejournal.com profile] nacilmeiel , [livejournal.com profile] dublintrouble 
2. [livejournal.com profile] blinkidybah , [livejournal.com profile] anyhennypenny 
3. Uh. Dunno, really.
4. [livejournal.com profile] chickenamu , [livejournal.com profile] heather_macleod , [livejournal.com profile] kerpami 
5. [livejournal.com profile] pinkfriction , [livejournal.com profile] reserve 
6. fuck, all of you.
7. [livejournal.com profile] gothic_hamlet , [livejournal.com profile] reserve , [livejournal.com profile] dublintrouble ,
8. Excluding the many of you who this really applies to: [livejournal.com profile] aralias , [livejournal.com profile] homo_moment , [livejournal.com profile] _coherent 
9. [livejournal.com profile] aralias , [livejournal.com profile] homo_moment , [livejournal.com profile] blinkidybah , [livejournal.com profile] meaning_full , [livejournal.com profile] draegonhawke  (these are kind of lame b/c they're just statements of things I normally do/have done), [livejournal.com profile] bagheera_san , [livejournal.com profile] neutralalienist 
10. [livejournal.com profile] dublintrouble , [livejournal.com profile] kerpami , [livejournal.com profile] gritsinmisery , [livejournal.com profile] inyourheadwires 
11. [livejournal.com profile] homo_moment 
12. That's a lot of you, but for 'ratified by all of lj' cred, gonna go with [livejournal.com profile] waddlin_penguin 
13. [livejournal.com profile] klytaemnestra 
14. [livejournal.com profile] klytaemnestra and [livejournal.com profile] homo_moment  (weird but true)
15. [livejournal.com profile] gothic_hamlet : b/c it would be v. well done
16. [livejournal.com profile] gritsinmisery , [livejournal.com profile] prettyarbitrary , [livejournal.com profile] innocentsmith , [livejournal.com profile] hangingfire --there's a lot of y'all about.
17. [livejournal.com profile] eryaforsthye ? In a good way!
18. [livejournal.com profile] gothic_hamlet : there's a whole color bar about it
19. fucktons of you.
20. [livejournal.com profile] eclective , [livejournal.com profile] _coherent 
21. [livejournal.com profile] draegonhawke , apparently
22. maaaybe [livejournal.com profile] shattered_girl 
23. [livejournal.com profile] aralias  and [livejournal.com profile] deborah_judge : occasionally [livejournal.com profile] blinkidybah  and [livejournal.com profile] gritsinmisery 
24. [livejournal.com profile] bellsandblades , [livejournal.com profile] _coherent 
25. [livejournal.com profile] dublintrouble 
26. [livejournal.com profile] reserve --I'd sign up to teach something. In the bag.
27. [livejournal.com profile] shattered_girl 
28. [livejournal.com profile] blinkidybah , [livejournal.com profile] gothic_hamlet : haven't ever actually seen that, [livejournal.com profile] aralias  IF THEY MADE THAT FUCKING COAT RIGHT AUGH
29. Now that would be telling, lj meme: you don't get all my embarrassing secrets.
30. Er. Y'all's mah hos?
x_los: (What the fuck movie is this even from?)
1. There are 30 questions.
2. Next to each number, write only the name of the person who fits.
3. Answer one question with one name. *EDIT* Well screw that...
4. Don't tell the questions to anyone who isn't doing the meme

*this is weirder b/c I know a lot of you IRL, and flat-out know a lot of these things about you*

1. [livejournal.com profile] battlepunk , [livejournal.com profile] kerpami , [livejournal.com profile] mister_duster , that whole crowd, really; [livejournal.com profile] nacilmeiel , [livejournal.com profile] dublintrouble 
2. [livejournal.com profile] blinkidybah , [livejournal.com profile] anyhennypenny 
3. Uh. Dunno, really.
4. [livejournal.com profile] chickenamu , [livejournal.com profile] heather_macleod , [livejournal.com profile] kerpami 
5. [livejournal.com profile] pinkfriction , [livejournal.com profile] reserve 
6. fuck, all of you.
7. [livejournal.com profile] gothic_hamlet , [livejournal.com profile] reserve , [livejournal.com profile] dublintrouble ,
8. Excluding the many of you who this really applies to: [livejournal.com profile] aralias , [livejournal.com profile] homo_moment , [livejournal.com profile] _coherent 
9. [livejournal.com profile] aralias , [livejournal.com profile] homo_moment , [livejournal.com profile] blinkidybah , [livejournal.com profile] meaning_full , [livejournal.com profile] draegonhawke  (these are kind of lame b/c they're just statements of things I normally do/have done), [livejournal.com profile] bagheera_san , [livejournal.com profile] neutralalienist 
10. [livejournal.com profile] dublintrouble , [livejournal.com profile] kerpami , [livejournal.com profile] gritsinmisery , [livejournal.com profile] inyourheadwires 
11. [livejournal.com profile] homo_moment 
12. That's a lot of you, but for 'ratified by all of lj' cred, gonna go with [livejournal.com profile] waddlin_penguin 
13. [livejournal.com profile] klytaemnestra 
14. [livejournal.com profile] klytaemnestra and [livejournal.com profile] homo_moment  (weird but true)
15. [livejournal.com profile] gothic_hamlet : b/c it would be v. well done
16. [livejournal.com profile] gritsinmisery , [livejournal.com profile] prettyarbitrary , [livejournal.com profile] innocentsmith , [livejournal.com profile] hangingfire --there's a lot of y'all about.
17. [livejournal.com profile] eryaforsthye ? In a good way!
18. [livejournal.com profile] gothic_hamlet : there's a whole color bar about it
19. fucktons of you.
20. [livejournal.com profile] eclective , [livejournal.com profile] _coherent 
21. [livejournal.com profile] draegonhawke , apparently
22. maaaybe [livejournal.com profile] shattered_girl 
23. [livejournal.com profile] aralias  and [livejournal.com profile] deborah_judge : occasionally [livejournal.com profile] blinkidybah  and [livejournal.com profile] gritsinmisery 
24. [livejournal.com profile] bellsandblades , [livejournal.com profile] _coherent 
25. [livejournal.com profile] dublintrouble 
26. [livejournal.com profile] reserve --I'd sign up to teach something. In the bag.
27. [livejournal.com profile] shattered_girl 
28. [livejournal.com profile] blinkidybah , [livejournal.com profile] gothic_hamlet : haven't ever actually seen that, [livejournal.com profile] aralias  IF THEY MADE THAT FUCKING COAT RIGHT AUGH
29. Now that would be telling, lj meme: you don't get all my embarrassing secrets.
30. Er. Y'all's mah hos?

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